The Golden Girls

Season 3 Episode 12

Charlie's Buddy

Aired Unknown Dec 12, 1987 on NBC
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Charlie's Buddy
A wartime buddy of Rose's late husband arrives in Miami to see Rose, however he has more in mind than just a friendly visit. Meanwhile, Dorothy and Blanche haggle over the same dress to wear to a social event.

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  • Rose considers moving in with a man who "knew" Charlie.

    I thought this was a great episode, because it proved just how much Rose really loved Charlie. I felt so bad when I learned that the guy was using her, and it made it all the more special because Rose didn't catch on and that look in her eye was just all about admiring a man she thought knew her late husband. Although I did not like the character of Buddy at all, I think it was nice that he gave her back the pocket watch and left her with her memories. I thought it was beautiful when Rose was in her bed at the end and she says "Goodnight, Charlie. I love you." That was so beautiful.moreless
  • One of the clearest expressions of Rose's mourning of Charlie -- a superb episode

    Kathy Speer and Terry Grossman wrote this gem of an episode, a brilliant combination of sadness and humor. Betty White's performance was pitch perfect, combining her usual elements of character naivete and innocence with an additional emphasis on complex love lost and painful mourning.

    Charlie's Buddy focuses on the appearance of one of Charlie's pals from the war. His name is Buddy (ah, clever), and he visits Rose in Miami to see what was so special about this girl. Rose then reminisces with him about his life with Charlie as they walk in the park. The writers give substantial due to the deep love Rose had for Charlie, and it was a gift to see Betty White so wonderfully portray this. Rose was most endearing when she discussed Charlie (Take the episode "A Piece of Cake" from Season 2, where Rose celebrates her final birthday alone in St. Olaf). This episode is proof of that.

    It becomes clear, however, that Buddy has more malicious intentions than at first apparent. Dorothy becomes alarmed when she hears of the financial activity that Buddy recommends to Rose. After a brief investigation, she learns that Buddy is there to swindle Rose from her finances. Unfortunately, she learns too late and must wait from Rose to return from her latest visit with Buddy (By this point, Buddy has expressed his "love" for Rose and wishes for them to move away and live together).

    But Rose pulls through in amazing fashion. Rose realizes she is not in love with Buddy but instead is in love with Charlie and their life together. So she turns him down, but offers him a gift -- an expensive watch that Charlie owned.

    And Buddy pulls through too. He turns her down, saying that he's taken enough from her. "Take care, Rose. You're a special lady." Yes, she is.

    The subplot of the episode was enjoyable comedic. Dorothy, Blanche, and Sophia are all buying new dresses for a social event, but they seem to have rotten luck at buying "different" dresses. This leads to an amusing "I look prettier than you" argument between Blanche and Dorothy and later an hysterically funny "Now you know how it looks" retort from Sophia.

    All of these girls are special ladies. What a fine episode from a show clearly at the top of its game.moreless
  • In this episode, Rose is visited by an old army buddy of her late husband Charlie's named Buddy. He then takes Rose around and professes his love for her, and then asks her to move back home.moreless

    I like this episode. It has some interesting plot devices in it. Many of these characters you see on television are hardly ever talked about, unless they play a big part in something. But this episode takes a look at Rose's trust and decision-makings. Also, it has some very witty things going on in the background. But at the same time, this episode keeps its main plot just that--main. It doesn't bury it in other types of crappy subplots. It stays true to its form. You can't help but feel sorry for poor Rose as you watch her go through this. A must-see for any Golden Girls fan.moreless
  • Poor Rose. . .

    This episode is different. You do not laugh at Rose\'s vulnerability in this episode. Instead, you feel sorry for her, as this man is trying to take great advantage of her. You begin to feel bad for her because you know her character is not aware of what is going on to her. A well written episode if I do say so.

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Sophia mentions all the times in which she's helped Dorothy pick out a dress, and one of them is a prom dress. However, in season six, and on a few other different occasions, it is mentioned that Dorothy never went to her prom.

      The biggest goof from the episode is the war that Charlie and Buddy supposedly fought together in World War II. Rose as well as Charlie were born in 1930; so he would have been 11 when the U.S. entered into the war and unable to even enlist in the war. It is most likely the writers intended for Charlie to be a veteran of the Korean War like Blanche's husband George.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Sophia: Dorothy, I was there when you needed a Communion dress, I was there when you needed a prom dress, I was there when you needed a wedding dress, and quite frankly I'm sick of it, buy your own damn dress.

    • (Dorothy and Blanche come out wearing the same dress)
      Sophia: Don't panic, get a third one for Rose and you can go as the Pointer sisters.

    • Blanche: Living with a man is immoral.
      Rose: Blanche, how can you of all people say that?
      Blanche: Being with a man isn't the same as living with him.
      Dorothy: You're right, living with a man eliminates the need for an overnight bag and a stop at the drugstore. I tell you if I had lived with Stan before we married I could've saved myself a lot of trouble.

    • Rose: Buddy asked me to live with him.
      Sophia: You said live with him?
      Rose: That's right.
      Sophia: Not marry him, live with him.
      Rose: Yes.
      Sophia: Two world wars, a Polish Pope, and now this.

    • Blanche: This whole thing about Rose giving Buddy money has me suspicious.
      Dorothy: It did me too, so I did some searching and after a couple phone calls found out that Buddy had just retired after 45 years in the military records service.
      Blanche: So?
      Dorothy: So, he never knew Charlie. He's using Rose to get money and it isn't the first time he's tried this.
      Blanche: No! But he knew all those things about Rose.
      Dorothy: He just knew she came from St. Olaf, everything else Rose probably volunteered. You know her, a stranger says hello and suddenly he's hearing the life story of Rose's Uncle Fingerbinger and his 60 pound rutabaga.

    • Blanche: Oh, Dorothy, this is ridiculous! Since when do you care about what you look?
      Dorothy: I think it was when I was climbed down from the bell tower and had my hump fixed!
      Blanche: Dorothy, this is a stunningly beautiful dress; people expect to see me in something stunningly beautiful!
      Dorothy: And what do they expect to see me in, Blanche, a yarmulka and a Hefty bag?

  • NOTES (3)